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Words From The Hill: Week 12 – Nov. 20, 2022

Scripture: Romans 5:1-5, 1 Thess. 5:16 – 18, Psalm 78
“I remember the days of long ago; I meditate on all your works, and consider what your hands have done” – Psalm 143:5 

“The very heart of the Gospel message involves both grief and gratitude. We grieve that the world is so broken that God had to intervene in Jesus, and we are so grateful that Jesus came to earth. We describe this combination of sadness and joy every time we have holy communion.” – Lynn Baab

“The choice for gratitude rarely comes without some real effort. But each time I make it, the next choice is a little easier, a little freer, a little less self-conscious. Because every gift I acknowledge reveals another and another until, finally, even the most normal, obvious and seemingly mundane event or encounter proves to be filled with grace.” —Henri Nouwen

1. How would you describe what you are holding in your two hands in your life right now? Are you living in the tension of grief and gratitude?
2.  How does gratitude in the midst of difficulty open our eyes to who God is and what He is doing?
3. Is remembering easy or difficult for you? What are the ways that you remember what God has done?
4. How can you record & recount your remembrances of God’s faithfulness in your life?

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Greetings,
 
On August 26, 2021, IL Governor J.B. Pritzker issued an Executive Order mandating that masks be worn at all indoor gatherings. Although churches are exempt from the Executive Order, out of respect for governing authorities, Parkview has continued to ask staff, leaders, volunteers, and those attending Sunday gatherings to wear a mask while indoors. We are grateful for our people’s understanding and willingness to do so. The Governor recently indicated that his Executive Order will be rescinded on Monday, February 28th making masks no longer required in most indoor settings. In anticipation of that, on Sunday, February 27th Parkview will return to a “mask optional” policy.

While the mask policy has once again shifted, our commitment to your health and wellbeing has not. We remain dedicated to thoroughly cleaning our public spaces before and after our gatherings. Masks and hand sanitizer are still readily available to those who want them.

Navigating these difficult days has not always been clear or easy. Whatever your perspective on current realities, as fellow Christians, let us allow kindness, grace and compassion characterize our interaction and relationships. In the words of the Apostle Paul, “Let us be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God in Christ forgave you.”

I look forward to being with you on Sundays.
 
Grace and Peace,
 
— 
Ray S. Kollbocker
Lead Pastor